Baskets play a major role in Ethiopian culture and society and are seen as functional, decorative, and sacred items throughout the country. In Jimma wives pack their husband's lunches in covered agil-gil baskets, woven from grass and straw, covered with leather, and embellished with metal and bead work. In Harar large, lidded, mesob baskets are used for tables. The mesob is made from a wide and colorful basket with a conical lid place on top of a hollow, tapering pedestal. Injera and wots are placed on the wide, flat top of the mesob while diners sit around the table and share a meal. In Gurage, artisans create a wide range of wickerwork including furniture, fences, mats, and baskets. And in Kafa, artisans combine the coil weaving technique with flat strand weaving to create raffia mats, bags, and screens. Almost everywhere in Ethiopia visitors will find farmers using flat reed baskets for winnowing or drying grains. Throughout the country, baskets are used as containers, tools, and decoration.
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